19 July 2012

Uganda: Hope of Finding Missing Bududa Families Wanes

Hopes of finding the bodies of a mother and her three children who are presumed to have died in the June 25 landslide in Bududa district are waning.

Joyce Namono was buried in the landslide together with her children - Esau Namukoye, Fred Wakoko and Paul Washiwuku.

Namono's husband, Wabuteya Washiwuku, survived because he had gone to neighbouring Bumasata parish when the landslide buried his home.

The chairman of the district production and natural resources committee, Geoffrey Natubu, said efforts to recover more bodies believed to have been buried under the soils may soon be called off.

Since the excavation exercise kicked off over two weeks ago, only four bodies of Zaina Kalenda, 8, Kevin Wandeka, 10, Patrick Bwaya, 44 and Jessica Bwaya have been recovered and accorded decent burial.

"The district authorities with support from the Prime Minister's office, Red Cross and other agencies are now concentrating on the resettlement of displaced people who need food and shelter," Natubu said.

He said Shelter Box, an international NGO, has built tents for the displaced people in places of their (the survivors) choice instead of setting up one camp as was the case when a landslide struck Nametsi village in 2010.

"Over 150 displaced people will have tents set up for them in compounds of host homes where they can receive assistance," Natubu said.

Natubu, who is also the councillor for Bulucheke sub-county, said the 300 pupils, who used to attend the now closed Bumalakha Primary School, cannot be relocated to other schools because of the long distances.

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